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3D concrete printer nears commercialization via Texas housing plan

Sources: Icon and Cielo LP, Austin, Texas; CP staff

A robotics-savvy, 3D concrete printing equipment developer eyeing affordable housing solutions will deploy its first commercial unit in partnership with a fellow Austin, Texas, business and like-minded real estate developer. Against the backdrop of the 2019 South by Southwest Conference and Festivals (SXSW) earlier this month, Icon and Cielo Property Group announced commissioning of a printer for rapid delivery of modest (< 1,000 sq. ft.) but robust residences in the Texas capital city—one of the country’s hottest housing markets.

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Court pokes Laborers lawsuit equating rat balloon and free speech

Sources: U.S. Court of Appeals for Seventh Circuit, Chicago; Littler Mendelson P.C., San Francisco; CP staff

A federal appellate court recently determined that enforcement of a Grand Chute, Wis., sign ordinance prompting removal of a 12-ft. inflatable rat—staged on public right-of-way and targeting a masonry contractor performing work at auto dealership—did not violate the First Amendment rights of Construction and General Laborers’ Union Local 330, Menasha, Wis.

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OSHA: Contractor steered Immigration agents to injured employee

Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration

An OSHA complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts alleges that Tara Construction Inc., Boston, retaliated against an injured employee by facilitating his arrest at the hands of Immigration and Customs Enforcement staff. Reporting an injury to an employer and spurring an OSHA proceeding are protected activities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, the agency contends.

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Gate Precast regroups under two divisions, four vice presidents

Sources: Gate Precast Co., Jacksonville, Fla.; CP staff

To improve efficiencies and collaboration across its Southeast and South Central precast/prestressed concrete operations, Gate Precast has consolidated four business units under a Northern Division, spanning Winchester, Ky., Oxford, N.C. and Ashland City, Tenn., plants; and, Southern Division, encompassing Monroeville, Ala., Kissimmee, Fla., and Hillsboro, Texas, plants. 

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Mutual Materials’ downtown masonry showroom captures urban vibe

Sources: Mutual Materials, Bellevue, Wash.; CP staff

A key concrete or clay masonry and hardscape products player throughout the Pacific Northwest has scheduled a late-March opening of a new concept design showroom in downtown Portland, Ore. 

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